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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield Serves 6
If you like mascarpone cheese, then you'll love the winning combination when this creamy cheese is paired with chicken and pasta in Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces uncooked farfalle pasta
  • 8 cups torn Swiss chard
  • Cooking spray
  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson), divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 3/4 cup toasted fresh breadcrumbs
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 3 canned anchovies, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 364
  • fat 15.6 g
  • satfat 6.9 g
  • sodium 446 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat, and adding Swiss chard to pasta during last 2 minutes of cooking; drain.

  2. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add chicken to pan; sauté 4 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Combine 1/4 cup stock and flour. Add flour mixture and 3/4 cup stock to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, mascarpone, and 2 tablespoons parsley.

  3. Preheat the oven to 450°. Combine breadcrumbs, 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, garlic, lemon rind, and anchovies. Combine tomatoes, shallots, and olive oil. Bake tomato mixture at 450° for 15 minutes. Combine the pasta, tomato mixture, and chicken mixture, and cook for 1 minute. Spoon about 1 cup pasta into each of 6 bowls; sprinkle evenly with breadcrumbs.